12 Friendly Truths About Steve McQueen

1. Called “The King of Cool”, his “anti-hero” persona, developed at the height of the counterculture of the 1960s, made him a top box-office draw of the 1960s and 1970s.

2. McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles.

3. His other popular films include The Cincinnati Kid, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, and Papillon, as well as the all-star ensemble films The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Towering Inferno.

4. In 1974, he became the highest-paid movie star in the world, although he did not act in films again for four years.

5. McQueen was combative with directors and producers, but his popularity placed him in high demand and enabled him to command large salaries.

6. I learned a lot from him.” At age 8 he was taken home by his mother and lived with her and her new husband in Indianapolis.

7. McQueen retained a special memory of leaving the farm: “The day I left the farm Uncle Claude gave me a personal going-away present−a gold pocket watch, with an inscription inside the case.”

8. Dyslexic and partly deaf due to a childhood ear infection, Steve did not adjust well to his new life.

9. His new stepfather beat him to an extent that at the age of nine he left home to live on the streets. Unable to control his behavior, his mother sent him back to Slater.

10. When he was 12 Julia wrote to Claude asking that her son be returned to her again to live in her new home in Los Angeles, California.

11. McQueen was caught stealing hubcaps by police, who handed him over to his stepfather, who beat him severely, ending the fight by throwing McQueen down a flight of stairs.

12. He was not popular with the other boys at first: “Say the boys had a chance once a month to load into a bus and go into town to see a movie.

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